The steps seem to be working for racecar driver Al Unser Jr. Sure, he got popped for a third drunk driving charge a few weeks ago – but this time he didn’t beat up his girlfriend or flee from the scene of an accident. I’d call that progress, and so does he:
Unser Making Progress After Relapse
“You know, considering the circumstances I’m under, things are going a lot better, but it’s still one day at a time,” he said. “So I’m back on my program and that sort of thing and we’re going to do the best we can and get over this speedbump that’s in my life.”
Nice work, Al!
Today’s 12-step hero is Daniel Gordon, an AA and state representative in the Rhode Island legislature. It seems he’s run into a bit of legal trouble that he did not disclose:
The first-term House member from Portsmouth was arrested Friday on charges stemming from a 2008 police chase in Massachusetts. He was released Monday on $1,000 bail. The arrest exposed past legal problems, including a four-month sentence in 1999 for assault, an attempted murder charge dismissed in 2004 and a long list of traffic infractions.
When questioned about it, he reminded us to worry about keeping our own sides of the the street clean:
“I have redeemed myself and I have paid my debts,” he said. “Let he who has not sinned cast the first stone.”
And naturally, he broke his anonymity. He really had no choice, because he need to reassure the voting public that he had a very good reason for being bad, and he is now in good hands:
Gordon said he considers himself an alcoholic and has been sober for three years thanks to counseling and Alcoholics anonymous.
I’m sure the good people in his district can sleep better now. Thanks, Daniel, for all that you do! It works if you work it!
Read more here….
In a follow-up to the story about David Scratchley, the 12-step doctor who was arrested Friday for attempted rape of a child, some new details have arisen. First, and not surprisingly, there is evidence that he may have victimized other children. Also, it seems the good doctor may not be a doctor after all:
“It’s upsetting…it’s very upsetting”
“Prosecutors also say there’s evidence Scratchley may have victimized other children. And while Scratchley refers to himself as “doctor” the only state license we could find for him is as a “chemical dependency professional trainee”.
This guy is the Clinical Director of the Matt Talbot Center. The obvious question is: what kind of background checks and due diligence does the Matt Talbot Center use in hiring its employees? If this guy is the director, who is facilitating the actual operations of this place? What qualifications do they have? Gregory Alex, the Executive Director of the center said that he was surprised because they saw no indication of this behavior. Had he done an actual background check, starting with whether or not this guy is actually a psychologist in the first place, he may have caught a clue as to this guy’s integrity.
One thing we did learn from the article is, this center does not drug test its employees. What kind of sense does this make for an organization that treats people with drug problems? Knowing the rate of recidivism for those with chemical dependency problems, and knowing the staggeringly high percentage of drug counselors who fell into the profession because of their own addictive behaviors, it seems obvious to anyone with half a brain that drug testing of employees should be part of normal course of business.
Because I wasn’t born yesterday, I’m certain more interesting information will come out on this story. I’m also certain that the incompetents running the show at the Matt Talbot Center will do what they can to cover their asses, and will keep their explanation of this little problem within the confines of rigorous honesty™.
Here is a fun story about an AA, Charles Wilson of Indian Lake, New York – who I will refer to as “Charles W” to respect his anonymity. It seems like Chuck was smuggling smokes into his fellow AAs who are spending time in the joint:
AA counselor accused of smuggling tobacco into upstate NY jail:
“Authorities say Wilson was an AA counselor volunteering at the county jail in Fort Edward. Deputies say he brought tobacco products into the jail and gave them to inmates he was counseling. Smoking is banned in New York’s jails and prisons.”
What is it with AAs and smoking? They smoke A LOT. Why don’t higher powers™ work with tobacco addiction? Can’t they just add “tobacco” to the end of step 1?